Google Photos no longer supports the option to backup only while charging

Google Photos no longer supports the option to backup only while charging
Bad news for Google Photos users, as the search giant quietly removed one of the app's features that are considered very useful by many. It appears that the ability to backup your photos while charging your phone is no longer available to Google Photos users.

Although it was initially thought that the removal of the feature might have been a temporary bug that Google would address in a future update, it's been confirmed that Google made the change on purpose.

Currently, those who believe this feature was handy to them can now let the company know by leaving feedback so that the development team is made aware of the effects of the change. Even so, there's no telling whether or not Google will bring back the option to backup only while charging in the coming weeks.

Until Google reconsiders the removal of the feature, some users report that it's possible to backup photos while charging by uninstalling the latest update and running a previous version of Google Photos.

It's also possible to benefit from the “backup only while charging” feature if you enable it before updating to the latest version. Keep in mind though that if you temporarily disable it, it will completely disappear again.

source: Google Product Forums (1, 2) via Reddit



1. Vagabondjonez

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

Why would they remove this...

2. palmguy

Posts: 979; Member since: Mar 22, 2011


3. DFranch

Posts: 533; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Why would they get rid of that? In fact, I've been hoping for the play store to get the same option to only update apps when charging. It will update apps only when on WiFi, but I don't want to use my battery downloading and installing 20 apps.

4. lyndon420

Posts: 6737; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Wish I would've noticed this article before I went and updated all my apps this morning. Google...sometimes you really're slowly becoming apple!!!

7. apple-rulz

Posts: 2026; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

So start using Samsung Photos for your picture backup.

9. lyndon420

Posts: 6737; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I hate Samsung almost as much as apple...thanks though ;)

5. harvardale

Posts: 51; Member since: Jul 22, 2011

Whyyy?! I'm glad I upgraded my internet recently because when I only had 1mbps upload backing up videos murdered my whole entire home internet for an hour. That's why I enabled that feature.

6. talon95

Posts: 994; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

That's irritating. I got on their photos forum and told them to reinable the feature. Everyone here should do likewise if you agree.

8. applesnapple93

Posts: 302; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

theres also a huge bug with the photos app that hasnt been addressed in over 6 months... when you take a screenshot on your phone, the photos app shows the screenshot maybe 30% of the time. the screenshot will exist in the screenshot folder when using any file explorer, however photos will not find it. If you uninstall all updates of the photos app... the issue goes away. update back to the newest version and its back!

10. cmdacos

Posts: 4110; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Not sure why this is a big deal...

11. Jackdaw

Posts: 66; Member since: Mar 10, 2016

Exactly, you can still charge your phone meanwhile.

12. tbacba

Posts: 134; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

It's a big deal because every time you take a picture it uploads it to Photos. If you are on a trip and taking a lot of pictures the constant uploading can quickly drain your battery. I've had it happen, which is why I and many others changed the setting to 'backup only while charging'.

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